Are you interested in going on your first camping trip but don’t know where to begin? The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident planning and carrying out your first camping adventure. We’d love you to come and learn about camping, national parks, hiking, camp cooking, and the outdoors with us!

In Toronto, there are three ways you can get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills to take your camping experience to a new level:

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in sessions at convenient locations and festivals throughout the Greater Toronto Area, to introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.

Please note this schedule will be updated fairly regularly as new dates/locations are added – check back soon! Also check out our free workshop schedule below.

Scarborough
May 19: Rouge National Urban Park Official Opening Weekend (10am-4pm) (location TBC)
June 16: Paddle the Rouge, Rouge National Urban Park (time TBC)
June 30: Rouge National Urban Park Canada Day Pop-Up (10am-4pm) (location TBC)
July 1: Rouge National Urban Park Canada Day Pop-Up (10am-4pm) (locationTBC)
July 8: MP Gary Anandasangaree’s Community BBQ, Joyce Trimmer Park, Scarborough (1-4pm)
August 18: Taste of the Trail, Rouge National Urban Park (time TBC)
Toronto
May 13: Family Funday at the ROM (11am-4pm)*
May 18: Friday Night Live at the ROM (7pm-10:30pm) (19+)*
May 29: Newcomer Day, Nathan Phillips Square (11:30am-3:30pm)
June 13: Gerstein Library, University of Toronto (time TBC)
June 17: Family Funday at the ROM (11am-4pm)*
July 18-19: CBC Kids Day, Toronto CBC Building (time TBC)
July 22: Youth Day, Yonge and Dundas Square (10am-10pm)
August 16-30: Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place (10am-10pm)*
August 26: Downsview Park (10am-4pm)
Pickering
May 26: How-to In 10 Festival, Pickering Central Library (11am-4pm)
Markham
May 20: International Museum Day, Markham Museum (12pm-4pm)
June 2:Unionville Festival, Main Street, Unionville (9am-5pm)
June 3:Unionville Festival, Main Street, Unionville (9am-5pm)
June 3: Cornell Community Centre, Markham (10am-4pm)
July 1: City of Markham Canada Day Celebration, Milne Park, Markham (3pm-6pm)
July 18: Markham Museum (1pm-4pm)*
Richmond Hill
June 3: Mill Pond Splash Festival, Richmond Hill (11am-4pm)
Mississauga
July 3: Lakeview Library Block Party, Mississauga (time TBC)
July 13: Toronto Halal Food Festival, The International Centre, Mississauga (10am-10pm)*
July 14: Toronto Halal Food Festival, The International Centre, Mississauga (10am-8pm)*

*Admission fees may apply

Learn-to Camp GTA workshops
Learn-to Camp Workshops

Workshops

Free workshops (1 - 2 hours) to help participants acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. These take place in many public libraries and community centres.

Please note this schedule will be updated fairly regularly as new dates/locations are added – check back soon! Also check out our pop-up schedule above.

Scarborough
May 27: Glen Rouge (next to Mast Trail parking lot), Rouge National Urban Park (10am-11:30am AND 2pm-3:30pm)
June 19: Morningside Library, Scarborough – “Learn-to Camp in the Backcountry” (6pm-7pm)
July 6: Glen Rouge (next to Mast Trail parking lot), Rouge National Urban Park (10am-11:30am AND 2pm-3:30pm)
August 3: Glen Rouge (next to Mast Trail parking lot), Rouge National Urban Park (10am-11:30am AND 2pm-3:30pm)
Toronto
May 31: City Hall Library, Toronto – “Learn-to Camp in the Backcountry” (1pm-2pm)
June 2: Lilian H. Smith Library, Toronto (2pm-3pm)
June 21: College/Shaw Library, Toronto – “Learn-to Camp in the Backcountry” (7pm-8pm)
August 9: Brookbanks Library, Toronto (6pm-7pm)
Markham
May 28: Aaniin Community Centre, Markham (6pm-7:30pm)
June 8: Bob Hunter Memorial Park (beside farmhouse), Rouge National Urban Park (10am-11:30am AND 2pm-3:30pm)
June 9: Markham Public Library* (10am-11:30am)
June 16: Angus Glen Community Centre, Markham (1:30pm-3pm)
July 16: Aaniin Community Centre, Markham (6pm-7:30pm)
August 23: Bob Hunter Memorial Park (beside farmhouse), Rouge National Urban Park (10am-11:30am AND 2pm-3:30pm)
Mississauga
May 26: Erin Meadows Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
June 16: Frank McKechnie Library, Mississauga (10am-11:30am)
June 16: Clarkson Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
June 20: Malton Library, Mississauga (6pm-7:30pm)
June 30: Meadowvale Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
July 5: Churchill Meadows Library, Mississauga (11am-12:30pm)
July 5: Port Credit Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
July 11: Lornepark Library, Mississauga (10:30am-12:30pm)
July 11: Mississauga Valley Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
July 12: Lakeview Library, Mississauga (10am-11:30pm)
July 12: Courtneypark Library, Mississauga (2pm-3pm)
July 25: Streetsville Library, Mississauga (1:30pm-3pm)
July 26: Central Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
July 31: Woodlands Library, Mississauga (2pm-3:30pm)
Brampton
July 19: Springdale Library, Brampton (1:30pm-3pm)

Overnight Learn-to Camp

Learn-to camp overnights
Learn-to Camp Overnight

Think you might want to experience the pleasure of overnight camping but just need a helping hand? Register for Parks Canada's overnight Learn-to Camp program in Toronto!

The overnight Learn-to Camp program introduces visitors to camping in a fun and safe way. Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) have teamed up to teach the art of setting-up camp, enjoying the outdoors safely, roasting the perfect marshmallow and more, while providing you with the skills necessary for a successful night under a starry sky.

These low-cost, overnight camping experiences take place in Glen Rouge Campground within Rouge National Urban Park. Camping gear and workshops are provided; participants bring their own food and sleeping bags. 

Cost: $88 for up to 4 people; $22 for each additional person, to a total of 6.

Registration opens Tuesday, May 8. For more information and to register, please call 1-844-365-2646.

Dates (weekends):

June
June 23-24
July
July 7-8
July 14-15
July 21-22
July 28-29
August
August 4-5
August 11-12
August 18-19
August 25-26

Ready for your own camping adventure? Here are some helpful hints for a memorable camping trip.

For more information about the Learn-to Camp program please contact our Learn-to Camp Coordinator at emily.kinnon@pc.gc.ca